Utica woman stabbed, saved by fast acting emergency professionals


UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – The Utica Police Department has reported that a woman needed emergency surgery after being stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife on Monday.

Around 7:30pm on September 6th, an unidentified woman walked into the Utica Fire Department station located on Park Avenue suffering from a stab wound to her left chest. Members of the Fire Department immediately began treating the wound and transported her to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

In the emergency room, doctors and nurses on staff acted quickly and determined that the woman’s internal injuries were too severe for her to survive without undergoing emergency surgery. Thankfully, due to the swift actions of the St. Elizabeth ER staff and Utica Fire Department, the surgery was a success.

Through the investigation that followed, the Utica Police Department Criminal Investigations Division learned that 53-year-old Willie Banks of Utica and the female victim were involved in a dispute about the ownership of property. During the dispute, Banks grabbed the woman by the head and demanded that she give the property to him. He then proceeded to stab the woman in the chest with a kitchen style knife and then fled the scene. Investigators then searched the area of where the incident happened and found the knife in question on the side of a building near Kemble Street.

At the end of the investigation 53-year-old Willie Banks was charged with the following:

  • Attempted Robbery in the First Degree
  • Assault in the First Degree
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree

The female victim is expected to fully recover from her injuries.

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